Photos: 2018 Writers Guild Awards (Ceremony, Red Carpet, Backstage)

On February 11, 2018, the Writers Guild of America, East hosted the 2018 Writers Guild Awards at New York’s Edison Ballroom.

The ceremony was hosted by writer and comic Amber Ruffin (Late Night with Seth Meyers). Presenters who appeared in New York City included Golden Globe-winner Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel); Emmy Award-winner Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale); SAG Award-winner Anna Chlumsky (Veep); Academy Award-nominee Lucas Hedges (Lady Bird); two-time Emmy Award-winner Jane Pauley (CBS News Sunday Morning); Writers Guild Award-nominee Anthony Atamanuik (The President Show); late night host Robin Thede (The Rundown with Robin Thede); actress-writer Julie Klausner (Difficult People); late night host Jordan Klepper (The Opposition with Jordan Klepper); and correspondent-writer Laura Grey (The Opposition with Jordan Klepper).

2018 Writers Guild Awards

Watch: 2018 Writers Guild Awards (Full Ceremony, Opening Monologue, Honorary Awards)

On February 11, 2018, the Writers Guild of America, East hosted the 2018 Writers Guild Awards at New York’s Edison Ballroom.

The ceremony was hosted by writer and comic Amber Ruffin (Late Night with Seth Meyers). Presenters who appeared in New York City included Golden Globe-winner Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel); Emmy Award-winner Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale); SAG Award-winner Anna Chlumsky (Veep); Academy Award-nominee Lucas Hedges (Lady Bird); two-time Emmy Award-winner Jane Pauley (CBS News Sunday Morning); Writers Guild Award-nominee Anthony Atamanuik (The President Show); late night host Robin Thede (The Rundown with Robin Thede); actress-writer Julie Klausner (Difficult People); late night host Jordan Klepper (The Opposition with Jordan Klepper); and correspondent-writer Laura Grey (The Opposition with Jordan Klepper).

Watch the full 2018 Writers Guild Awards ceremony.

Watch host Amber Ruffin‘s opening monologue.

Watch Tracy Morgan and Rachel Dratch presented Tina Fey and Robert Carlock with the Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence and Mentorship.

Watch Ken Burns presented the Ian McLellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement to his long-time collaborator Geoffrey C. Ward (The Vietnam War, The Roosevelts, The Civil War).

Watch Courtney Simon (As the World Turns) presented the Richard B. Jablow Award for Devoted Service to the Guild to Hamilton Nolan (Splinter News / Gizmodo Media Group).

Production credits for the WGAE’s show included: Co-Executive Producers Bonnie Datt and Shannon Walker; Head Writer Ann B. Cohen; Writers Ashley Nicole Black, David Steven Cohen, Timothy Cooper, Bonnie Datt, Tarik Davis, Alex English, Ziwe Fumudoh, Jenny Hagel, Don Hooper, Shantira Jackson, Dewayne Perkins, Dan Perlman, Amber Ruffin, Bill Scheft, Craig Shemin and Shannon Walker; Line Producer LBI Audio, Video & Scenic Solutions; Clips/Tribute Reels Craig Shemin; and Event Videographer Kathryn Porter.

Slate Employees Vote to Unionize with Writers Guild of America, East

Slate Employees Vote to Unionize with Writers Guild of America, East

NEW YORK, NY (January 23, 2018) — A majority of employees at Slate, a news website which has been a fixture in the digital media industry for over twenty years, voted today in favor of the Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO (WGAE) as their representative in collective bargaining.

Slate’s management agreed to recognize the union after a vote confirmed that the majority of eligible employees voted in favor of unionizing via a third-party election.

The organizing win at Slate comes two weeks after Vox Media recognized the WGAE as the union representative for their editorial and video staff. Over 1,000 digital news staff members have joined the WGAE in the last two and a half years.

In addition to Slate and Vox Media (Curbed, Eater, Polygon, Racked, Recode, SBNation, The Verge and Vox.com), the Guild represents staffs at VICE, HuffPost, The Intercept, Gizmodo Media Group (Splinter, Gizmodo, Jezebel, Deadspin, The Root, Lifehacker, Kotaku, io9, Jalopnik, Earther), ThinkProgress, MTV News, Thrillist and Salon.

Lowell Peterson, Executive Director of the Writers Guild of America, East, said “Employees at Slate, one of the first and finest digital-native news organizations in the country, have made themselves heard, resounding in their decision to join the movement for collective bargaining across the industry. We look forward to working together to craft a contract that addresses their concerns and ensures that they participate in the decisions that affect their professional lives.”

“We’re thrilled by the result of today’s vote, and grateful that Slate management agreed to let us conduct it in an independent and fair fashion,” said the Slate Union Organizing Committee in a statement. “This vote confirms that an overwhelming majority of Slate employees want to organize with the Writers Guild of America, East—and that they want the benefits and protections that come from union membership. As we wrote in our “Why We’re Organizing” letter more than 10 months ago, we’re all proud to work for Slate, and we believe that unionizing will help us ensure that it is the best possible place to work. We’re excited we’ll now have the chance to do just that.”

ABOUT WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA, EAST
The Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO (WGAE) is a labor union representing writers in motion pictures, television, cable, digital media and broadcast news. The Guild negotiates and administers contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of its members; conducts programs, seminars and events on issues of interest to writers; and presents writers’ views to various bodies of government. For more information on the Writers Guild of America, East, visit wgaeast.org.

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Vox Media Unionizes with WGA East

Vox Media Unionizes with the Writers Guild of America, East

NEW YORK, NY (January 11, 2018) – In a move that demonstrates the essential role of unions and collective bargaining in the world of digital news, Vox Media has agreed to recognize the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) as the collective bargaining representative of approximately 400 creative professionals employed on its eight verticals. Approximately 1000 content creators in the digital news industry have won bargaining rights with the WGAE since 2015.

Vox Media is a digital media company known for progressive coverage of news, technology, sports and lifestyle across its eight verticals – Curbed, Eater, Polygon, Racked, Recode, SBNation, The Verge and Vox.com. Management’s recognition of its editorial and video staff’s decision to unionize with the WGAE is the latest in a series of organizing successes in the digital media industry, and makes Vox Media the first major digital media company to recognize its employees’ union in 2018.

“The content creators at Vox Media have stood strong together throughout this process, insisting that their right to bargain collectively be respected,” said Lowell Peterson, Executive Director of the Writers Guild of America, East. “We are as proud of their solidarity as we are of the important work they do for a living, and we welcome them to the Writers Guild of America, East. We look forward to sitting down with Vox Media’s progressive management to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement that reflects the unit’s needs and aspirations and that ensures they continue to have a voice on the job.”

In a statement, the Vox Media Union Organizing Committee said, “We’re thrilled that Vox Media has chosen to recognize the Vox Media Union and our decision to organize with the Writers Guild of America, East. The company’s decision affirms what we have known since the start of our campaign: Across eight verticals, our colleagues overwhelmingly want the benefits and protections that come from union membership.

Through voluntary recognition, Vox Media has joined the growing ranks of digital media companies that understand the necessity of unions to secure basic protections for those of us who work in an always-evolving industry. As we wrote in our “Why We’re Organizing” letter three months ago, a union will give us the means to maintain what we love about working for this company, and to have a collective voice when we address anything that may change.

We’re proud to work for a company that places quality, inclusivity, collaboration, and respect among its core values. We formed the Vox Media Union because we believe that the best way to champion those values is to unionize, and we’ll continue to champion those values at the bargaining table as new members of the Writers Guild of America, East.

In addition to Vox Media, the Writers Guild of America, East represents digital news staffs at VICE, HuffPost, The Intercept, Gizmodo Media Group (Splinter, Gizmodo, Jezebel, Deadspin, The Root, Lifehacker, Kotaku, io9, Jalopnik, Earther), ThinkProgress, MTV News, Thrillist and Salon.

ABOUT WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA, EAST

The Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO (WGAE) is a labor union representing writers in motion pictures, television, cable, digital media and broadcast news. The Guild negotiates and administers contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of its members; conducts programs, seminars and events on issues of interest to writers; and presents writers’ views to various bodies of government. For more information on the Writers Guild of America, East, visit wgaeast.org.

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Writers Guild Awards: Vote for Best Film Screenplays & Television Series

The FINAL voting period to determine the winners for the 2018 Writers Guild Awards will be open as of 1pm today for the following categories:

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
COMEDY SERIES
DRAMATIC SERIES
NEW SERIES

Vote online at: https://eballot4.votenet.com/wga

Your username is your last name and your password is your 5-digit member ID number.

The deadline to vote is MONDAY, JANUARY 29, 2018 at 3pm ET.

If you are unable vote online, please contact Nancy Hathorne (212.767.7812) to request a paper ballot. Contact Dana Weissman (212.767.7835) for additional information.

Writers Guild Awards: Preliminary Screenplay Voting Ends Today

Preliminary voting closes later today for Original Screenplay and Adapted Screenplay. Your vote will help determine the nominees.

Vote online at: https://eballot4.votenet.com/wga

Your username is your last name (case sensitive) and your password is your 5-digit member ID number.

The deadline is today, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2018, 3PM EST/12 PM PST. 

The 70th Annual WGA Awards will take place at the Edison Ballroom in New York City on Sunday, February 11, 2018. Tickets go on sale on January 9. Please contact Nancy Hathorne (212.767.7812) or Dana Weissman (212.767.7835) for additional information.

Your (5) five digit member ID number, found on your member ID card, is required to vote. Please call Votenet Solutions on 866-543-8750 for assistance and to obtain you member ID number.

WGAE Negotiates Transition for Unit Employees at DNAinfo/Gothamist

NEW YORK, NY (November 13, 2017) – The DNAinfo/Gothamist bargaining committee, working with the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE), has negotiated an agreement that includes substantial gains beyond the initial offer made by management.

Terms of the agreement include:

  • Each employee will receive three months of full pay and benefits, even if they obtain other employment.
  • At the end of that period, each employee will receive four weeks’ severance pay.
  • Each employee has the right to use their own work, including work that was already published by DNAinfo or Gothamist, and to create new works derived from what they did for the publication.
  • No employee will be required to sign a non-disparagement provision.
  • The company has confirmed in writing that it will not remain in business or create any neighborhood news media site for at least two years; any asset sale must be to a third party, conducted at arm’s length.

Taken together, these provisions address several concerns arising out of the sudden closing of DNAinfo and Gothamist:  They provide union-represented employees with four months of pay even if they are able to find other work sooner; this minimizes the economic impact of the shutdown.  They provide union-represented employees with the ability to continue to earn a living as journalists, including reusing work they did while at DNAinfo and Gothamist; they can do this work on their current computers and they don’t have to worry about an allegation that something they report or say might be considered negative by management or by the owner of the company.

“The reporters at DNAinfo and Gothamist stayed strong despite the vocal hostility of management (especially owner Joe Ricketts), and their solidarity proves the value of collective bargaining,” said Lowell Peterson, Executive Director of the Writers Guild of America, East.  “They identified the real needs of the entire unit and achieved the best shutdown agreement possible under the circumstances.  We have learned the importance of building a collective voice in digital media.  And we have learned how important it is not to permit ideologically-driven billionaires to control our media.”

The DNAinfo/Gothamist bargaining committee said, “The agreement we hammered out provides a significant amount of financial stability for our workers and their families, allows us to build on the stories we wrote for DNAinfo and Gothamist, and ensures that we will continue to speak truth to power without fear of reprisal from a non-disparagement clause. We couldn’t have done all this without the help of the Writers Guild of America, East, and we hope that our experience underscores the importance for writers and journalists everywhere to unite and stand up for their rights.”

In addition to Gothamist and DNAinfo, the Writers Guild of America, East represents digital news staffs at VICE, HuffPost, The Intercept, Gizmodo Media Group (Splinter, Gizmodo, Jezebel, Deadspin, The Root, Lifehacker, Kotaku, io9, Jalopnik, Earther), ThinkProgress, MTV News, Thrillist and Salon.

ABOUT WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA, EAST
The Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO (WGAE) is a labor union representing writers in motion pictures, television, news and digital media. The Guild negotiates and administers contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of its members; conducts programs, seminars and events on issues of interest to writers; and presents writers’ views to various bodies of government. For more information on the Writers Guild of America, East, visit wgaeast.org.

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WGAE Resolution of Support for Inauguration Arrestees and Political Protesters

Writers Guild of America, East Resolution of Support for Inauguration Arrestees and Political Protesters

The Writers Guild of America, East’s Council adopted the following resolution:

WHEREAS, attacks on free speech and the right to protest strike at the very heart of what it means to be a writer, and

WHEREAS when thousands of citizens convened to exercise their first amendment rights to protest what they saw as the official beginning of the normalization of white supremacy and bigotry represented by Donald Trump’s ascension to the presidency, they were met with the mass arrest of over 200 people, including journalists, medics, and bystanders, and

WHEREAS 190 of those arrested, including our own WGAE brother, journalist Dylan Petrohilos, are now facing outrageously inappropriate and draconian multiple felony charges and up to 61 years of prison time for exercising their first amendment rights, and such reprisals constitute a dangerous chilling effect on the working of a free press, the right to speak out, and all forms of free expression…

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Writers Guild of America, East stands in solidarity with those arrested at the protests at the Presidential Inauguration and calls for the dismissal of charges and/or a reduction of the charges against them to reasonable levels.

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November 13, 2017

DNAinfo and Gothamist Writers Hold Rally with WGA East, NYC Council Progressive Caucus and Labor Leaders to Condemn Joe Ricketts Over Local News Shutdown

NEW YORK, NY (November 6, 2017) – More than 300 people joined writers from DNAinfo and Gothamist, along with elected officials, the Writers Guild of America, East, SAG-AFTRA, 32BJ SEIU, the NYC Central Labor Council and other unions, at a rally at New York’s City Hall Park to fight for the unionized editorial employees at DNAinfo and Gothamist.

Last Thursday, the publications’ owner – right-wing billionaire Joe Ricketts – announced that he had shut down the popular local news sites and bragged that the employees were to blame for his decision because they exercised their right to unionize.

At the rally, the message sent from writers from DNAinfo and Gothamist was loud and clear: “Organize your shop. Don’t let the billionaires scare you.” Speaker after speaker eviscerated Ricketts for his union-busting actions and using his power to silence the important work local reporters do to hold people in power accountable.

The event was emceed by Writers Guild of America, East’s Executive Director Lowell Peterson, who fired up the rally by declaring “We come not to mourn, but to organize.” Speakers at the rally included DNAinfo writer Ben Fractenberg, Gothamist reporter Emma Whitford, Gizmodo Media Group’s Brendan O’Conner, SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris, 32BJ President Hector Figueroa, NYC Central Labor Council President Vincent Alvarez, Public Advocate Letitia James, Comptroller Scott Stringer, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, State Senator Michael Gianaris and Assemblywoman  Linda Rosenthal, along with City Councilmembers Donovan Richards, Antonio Reynoso, Ben Kallos, Carlina Rivera, Jumaane Williams and Helen Rosenthal.

Lowell Peterson said, “Joe Ricketts needs to come clean.  Did he violate the law by firing people because they exercised their right to unionize?  Or did he decide the business wasn’t generating enough profit, and then try to score some ideological points by blaming his employees and their union?   Either way, these journalists do work that is essential to communities across New York, and the WGAE will make sure their rights are protected and their voices are heard.”

SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris said, “This closing of these news organizations is a travesty. SAG-AFTRA stands in solidarity with the Writers Guild of America-East and the extraordinary journalists of Gothamist and DNAist who are standing up for our federally protected right to collectively bargain. We are with you.”

“As the right to organize and a free press are constantly under attack across the nation, the last thing we need here in New York City is a billionaire taking a machete to these two rights that are critical to our democracy,” said Council Member Donovan Richards, Co-Chair of the Progressive Caucus. “Many communities have just been left without a local reporter shedding light on the neighborhood they know so well. The actions of Joe Ricketts must not be taken lightly and we must stand up to support the great work of these local reporters who dedicate their lives to keeping New Yorkers informed.”

“Local media is essential to an informed democracy, and this union-busting action by a billionaire Trump supporter is unacceptable,” said Council Member Antonio Reynoso, Co-Chair of the Progressive Caucus. “We stand today in solidarity with the writers who worked hard every day to make sure that New Yorkers were aware of what was happening in their neighborhoods. The absence of DNAInfo and Gothamist leaves a large hole in local media coverage that isn’t easily filled.”

“Whatever interest Mr. Ricketts may have possessed at one time in ‘supporting exceptional neighborhood storytelling,’ was laid waste to by his actions last week. That he shuttered these two publications exactly one week after their New York affiliate voted to be represented by the Writers Guild of America East in an effort to negotiate for fair labor standards is simply unconscionable. This furtherance of Mr. Ricketts’ declared union-busting agenda has upended the lives of more than 100 journalists from coast-to-coast. I stand with these professionals, DNAist Union and the Writers Guild of America East as they seek to redress the wrongs they have suffered for pursuing the job security we all desire,” said Council Member I. Daneek Miller, Chair of the Committee on Civil Service and Labor, and member of the Progressive Caucus.

“The shutting down of DNAinfo and Gothamist is a clear example of what union busting looks like in 2017. It’s disappointing that when workers band together for deserved living wages and benefits this is how billionaire bankers react,” said Council Member Ben Kallos, Vice-Chair of the Progressive Caucus. ”It is hard to imagine that somehow financial profits could not be drawn from these beloved publications and they had to be shut down when other hyperlocal media outlets have figured out how to be profitable.”

“The idea of any business closing because its workers have chosen to organize is an affront. It’s especially galling given how noble the work done by the writers and editors at DNA Info and Gothamist was. Local news reporting is not glamorous and it certainly isn’t lucrative. But it is noble because, at its heart, it is a public service. Local journalism is an attempt to keep New Yorkers informed about their own neighborhoods and to hold leaders of all levels accountable—-from the Mayor to the Council all the way down to the Community Board or police precinct. I want to express my outrage at the conduct of Joe Ricketts and my solidarity with the workers whose lives have been upended. I also want to stress that our society has a collective responsibility to ensure that all residents have access to quality news about their neighborhoods,” said Council Member Helen Rosenthal, Vice-Chair of the Progressive Caucus.

“For years, the hardworking journalists of DNA Info and Gothamist covered neighborhood stories big and small, and shed light on some of the most important issues in our city. Now, more than ever, it is crucial that we support a free and independent press that holds Elected Officials accountable and keeps the citizens of New York City in every neighborhood informed on the issues that matter. By shutting down these essential outlets of local journalism solely to retaliate against workers seeking to bargain collectively, billionaire Joe Ricketts has harmed our democracy to further line his pockets. I strongly condemn his actions, said Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, member of the Progressive Caucus.

“Local journalism is one of the pillars of our neighborhoods, a way of holding politicians, stakeholders, and others accountable for their actions,” said Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, member of the Progressive Caucus. “A profession that over the years has become a passion for many, rather than a sustainable way of making a living. Joe Ricketts’ decision to shut down, without previous warning, DNA Info and Gothamist is despicable. Having in mind that it came days after the editorial team of both publications decided to unionize and fight for better contracts and working conditions. Mr. Ricketts’ actions shouldn’t become common practice, especially in Trump’s era, where facts are manipulated and the truth seems to have alternative versions. We stand with the reporters affected by this cowardly decision and will continue to advocate for local journalism.”

“That the phenomenal journalism of DNA Info and Gothamist was ended out of retaliation for unionizing is a tragedy that we thought belonged to another age,” said Council Member Corey Johnson, member of the Progressive Caucus. “We must stand in solidarity with all workers and especially those whose efforts bring greater transparency and accountability to government and give voice to the voiceless. Now more than ever, we need a strong and independent free press.  I’d like to thank each and every member of the Gothamist and DNA Info teams for their work and their bravery in standing against corporate greed in the name of fairness.”

“Cowardice only begins to describe Mr. Rickett’s union-busting tactics,” said Council Member Stephen Levin, member of the Progressive Caucus. “This billionaire is being a bully, plain and simple. We must always fight for the rights of workers to unionize, and for others to think otherwise is shameful and disappointing.”

“The work of local news outlets and journalists are fundamental to the survival of our democracy, said Council Member Margaret Chin, member of the Progressive Caucus. “This is a shameful retaliation against workers’ right to organize. An attack on unions is an attack against our right to better livelihoods, and I stand in solidarity with DNAistUnion workers.”

“Mr. Ricketts’ actions shut down sources of excellent independent journalism, and risk the financial livelihoods of reporters who bring us the news every day. We stand firmly with the Writers Guild of America East, and with journalists and their families who have been attacked simply for show,” said Council Member Ritchie Torres, member of the Progressive Caucus.

The shuttering of hyper-local news publications DNA Info and Gothamist by owner, Joe Ricketts, is a blow to community media. New York City needs local journalism to serve our diverse communities in ways mainstream media outlets do not. The abrupt shutdown gives every appearance of union busting because the employees of these valuable news publications very recently voted to organize as part of the Writers Guild.  The employees of Mr. Rickett’s firm deserve to be treated with fairness and respect. They have performed admirable public service for many years, and the archives of their previous work should remain freely accessible,” said Council Member Carlos Menchaca, member of the Progressive Caucus.

“Shutting down Gothamist and DNAinfo is a huge loss, not only to the excellent team of reporters, editors, and more who worked for these publications but to all of us in the city who rely on them for dogged, dedicated local reporting,” said Council Member Jumaane Williams, member of the Progressive Caucus. “Clearly, Joe Ricketts has no respect for the Gothamist and DNAinfo teams, punishing them for voting to unionize by ending the publication. Ricketts is following in the model of Trump and his Republicans, busting unions and putting profit over people. This is not acceptable, and it’s past time for these staffs received the respect they deserve.”

“I condemn the actions of billionaire Joe Ricketts who, rather than take the time to listen to the hardworking employees who helped build his business, terminated their employment in retaliation for their vote to organize and speak as one,” said Council Member Debi Rose, member of the Progressive Caucus. “I support the employees in any redress they are seeking, and my hope is that they find employment with an employer who values their work and talent.”

“It was great courage on the behalf of the intrepid staff of DNAInfo & Gothamist to organize together. However, it’s an outrage that Joe Rickett couldn’t keep his union-busting, Trump-supporting interests from rearing its ugly head. Shutting down these two outlets wasn’t a business decision, it was an ideological one,” said Council Member Brad Lander, member of the Progressive Caucus. “We stand in solidarity behind these journalists – and hope that they continue to work to uphold an important part in our democracy since both of these local news outlets were well-loved because of the work they did to report on issues that impact and affect New Yorkers daily. Their loss not only hurts journalists, they hurt the communities they deserved. Shame on Joe Ricketts, joining the list of billionaires who can’t handle critique or opposition.”

“In a time when free speech, democracy, and workers’ rights are under attack, we must stand firmly on their side,” said Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, member of the Progressive Caucus. “We see once again that, as we resist the national rhetoric of hate and disregard for our rights, we must stay vigilant at home in New York City. I will fight in solidarity with the writers and editors at DNA Info and Gothamist, and the Writers Guild of America against this unconscionable action to weaken their rights to negotiate better contracts and working conditions.”

“Joe Ricketts’ retaliation against DNAinfo and Gothamist reporters who chose to unionize cannot go unanswered, and I urge the National Labor Relations Board to investigate his union-busting conduct,” said Council Member Rory I. Lancman. “His selfish act deprives New Yorkers of two vital news outlets, and is a slap in the face to all working people. I’m proud to stand with DNAinfo and Gothamist employees in condemning these shameful actions.”

“It is outrageous that our city is losing DNAinfo and Gothamist’s dedicated reporting because a billionaire wanted to spite his employees for daring to unionize. Reporters provide an invaluable service, and they deserve the right to negotiate for fair wages and benefits. The reporters and staff of DNAinfo and Gothamist have dutifully covered the local issues that matter to our neighborhoods. Their work, like the crucial coverage of Hurricane Sandy recovery process by reporter Katie Honan, should be part of our city’s historic record. I stand with the workers of DNAinfo and Gothamist, and support their right to have their work archived,” said Council Member Mark Treyger.

ABOUT WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA, EAST
The Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO (WGAE) is a labor union representing writers in motion pictures, television, cable, digital media and broadcast news. The Guild negotiates and administers contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of its members; conducts programs, seminars and events on issues of interest to writers; and presents writers’ views to various bodies of government. For more information on the Writers Guild of America, East, visit wgaeast.org.

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AFL-CIO asks you to VOTE NO on the NY Constitutional Convention

The following message is brought to you by the New York State AFL-CIO

On November 7, 2017, Election Day, New Yorkers will be asked to vote on Ballot Proposal No. 1 to decide whether or not New York should hold a convention to change our state constitution. The AFL-CIO asks that you vote NO. The New York Constitution has powerful worker protections built into it which cannot be changed without a Convention. One of the driving forces behind the push for the Convention is coming from interests bent on taking away public employees’ wages, benefits and rights. Now, more than ever, we need to protect public workers’ rights, including pensions and workers comp. The referendum question is on the back of the Ballot.

Help us spread the word on social media by using the hashtags #ItsACon and #VoteNoConCon.

http://nysaflcio.org/noconcon/